NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – Sophomore 3B Willy Yahn (Sharon, Conn.) collected four hits and drove in five runs to push the UConn baseball team past William & Mary, 18-1, on Friday afternoon in a neutral field game in Northridge, Calif. With the win, Connecticut improves to 7-4, while the Tribe drops to 6-8 overall.
The Huskies’ second game of the day, scheduled against CSUN at 4 p.m. ET was postponed to a Sunday doubleheader. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. ET.
Yahn launched his second homer of the season in the win, while senior SS Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) went 3-for-6 with a pair of RBI and three runs scored.
Junior LHP Anthony Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.) earned his second win of the season, going 8.1 innings and allowing just one run.
For the 10th time in 11 games, UConn struck first, scoring twice in the second inning. With one out, freshman C Zac Susi (Southington, Conn.) picked up his first career extra-base hit, doubling in Daniello. The Huskies tacked on an unearned run later in the frame when Aaron Hill (Groton, Conn.) swiped second base and the throw down skipped into center allowing Susi to scamper home.
Hill notched his first double of the season in the fourth, picking up a two-out RBI with a two-bagger down the left field line to push the Husky lead to 3-0.
Connecticut doubled up the lead in the fifth, scoring three times on a pair of hits, highlighted by a two-run triple off the bat of Daniello. The Tribe broke onto the scoreboard in the fifth, stringing together three hits to score one run.
California native Tyler Gnesda (Laguna Nigel, Calif.) got into the act in the sixth, plating two with a bases-loaded single into center. After a Susi RBI single, Stefanski notched his third hit of the morning, shooting a single into right center to extend the Husky lead to 10-1.
Yahn put an exclamation mark on a nine-run sixth-inning, unloading a grand left to left field to push the advantage to 15-1. In the next inning, senior OF Joe DeRoche-Duffin lifted his team-leading fourth HR of the season to left to push the advantage out to 16-1.
The Huskies continue weekend play on Saturday, March 12 with a 1 p.m. tilt against the Tribe.